LEALMAN — Pinellas Sheriff's deputies seek a man who robbed a hotel on U.S. 19 Tuesday night.
It happened at La Quinta Inn and Suites, 4999 U.S. 19 N, at about 10:55 p.m., police said. The robber walked up to the clerk and asked about booking a room with his mother's credit card. The suspect left, then returned and asked the same question again, deputies said.
He then announced a robbery, saying he had a gun and would shoot if necessary. It was not clear if a gun was visible during the encounter.
The suspect fled on foot with cash, deputies said. He is a white man who appeared to be in his early 30s and had a scruffy beard. He stood about 6 feet tall and appeared to weigh about 150 pounds. He wore a gray T-shirt, khaki shorts, brown sneakers and a gray baseball cap that said "Bud Bowl Tampa Bay."
Anyone with information can call Pinellas County Sheriff's Detective Jeff Capra at (727) 582-6200. To remain anonymous and receive a cash award call Crime Stoppers at (800) 873-TIPS.